Friday, February 20, 2009
As I post in the "southern command" I want to announce.....
I AM Not a Man.
I Am Not a Man.
I know, I have man parts.
I may have a hairy chest like a man.
I may have an X and a Y.
But I repeat, "I Am Not a Man!"
I am dead serious. I AM NOT A MAN.
In a statement to Pharmacogenomics Reporter, 23andMe stressed that offering BRCA testing does not mean the firm is moving into the medical genetic-testing space.
It sounds just as silly, doesn't it?
BRCA testing is NOT A MEDICAL GENETIC TEST.......
BRCA testing is NOT A MEDICAL GENETIC TEST......
I think Myriad will beg to differ. A whole bunch of Geneticists and Counselors would as well......Just ask Ellen Matloff CGC, Research Scientist at Yale......
"Only a doctor can provide a medical diagnosis and we report information that the current state of genetic research and our technology allows. "
Last time I checked, Genetic Counselors, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants AND Doctors report medical genetic test results,...........SO DOES 23andME! But unlike 23andME the others do so in the supervision of a licensed physician. But it doesn't change the fact that presentation of genetic testing results is making a diagnosis.
Hey Linda, have you ever heard of a V84.01 or V84.02? No? Why should we expect you to? You aren't a doctor, but your company IS PERFORMING MEDICINE everytime they tell a patient they have a BRCA mutation. In essence you are reporting that the patient is a V84.01 or V84.02.
What this shows is a true lack of accountability in a lame attempt to:
I view this act in the same light I view AIG's CEO saying everything was ok, 2 days before AIG's collapse
Or when A-Rod was asked "Have you ever used steroids, human growth hormone or performace enhancing drugs"..........."NO"
Where is the accountability today?
The Sherpa Says: Linda, Anne, Sergey, Eric....admit your mistakes, accept your regulations and become a medical testing company. Because if you don't, if you try to play a "Definition of Is" on the public, then the chain of trust between patient and testing laboratory as well as between physician and testing laboratory will likely be broken. That is a risk, healthcare cannot afford........Because of your arrogance, we may need to once again ask the law to repair our chain of trust. To practice medicine, you need that chain of trust. It is essential to medicine! And you make a mockery of it.